‘Out of the Furnace’ Trailer: Christian Bale Seeks Justice For His Brother

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Out of the Furnace is headlined by Christian Bale as Russell Braze, a blue collar Northeasterner who works long days at a local steel mill and juggles his free time between his girlfriend/would-be wife Lena Warren (Zoe Saldana) and caring for his terminally ill father.

When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns from his military service in Iraq, he gets involved in a crime ring headed by the vicious Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). It doesn’t take long for Rodney to cross his employers the wrong way, which results in him disappearing and the local law enforcement being unable to help. Russell therefore takes matters into his own hands, seeking assistance from his uncle “Red” (Sam Shepard) to hunt down and punish the men responsible.


The Out of the Furnace trailer does a pretty good job of laying out the plot (without giving away too much), while teasing strong performances from Bale and Harrelson in the film, in addition to the film’s solid supporting talent – which includes actors like Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (The Butler).

All things considered, the use of Pearl Jam’s “Release” in the trailer is effective, when combined with glimpses of the intense story – a lower-class citizen rallying against the system that has failed him to protect him and his loved ones - as well as the film’s rustic color palette and poetic imagery of the decaying factory town setting captured by director of photography Masanobu Takayanagi (whose resume includes Warrior, The Grey and Silver Linings Playbook – not so shabby, right?).

out of furnace christian bale Out of the Furnace Trailer: Christian Bale Seeks Justice For His Brother

Christian Bale as Russell Blaze in ‘Out of the Furnace’

Scott Cooper directed Out of the Furnace, from an original script that he co-wrote alongside the lesser-known screenwriter Brad Ingelsby. It appears that Cooper is taking a similar approach on this film as he did with his directorial debut, Crazy Heart: create a backdrop with a tangible look and feel, then put the cast front and center (so as to not distract from their rich and nuanced character portrayals).

Last time, that technique netted Jeff Bridges an Oscar for his turn as an alcoholic country singer (ex-)legend, in Crazy Heart. We’ll have to wait and see how the Academy responds to Cooper’s sophomore feature, but so far it looks like it could be an excellent piece of storytelling on its own terms.

Be sure and share your own thoughts about the Out of the Furnace trailer in the comments section below.


Out of the Furnace begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on November 27th, 2013.

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  1. This looks interesting. I’ll definitely check it out if word of mouth is good. I haven’t seen Crazy Heart, but Bale is one of my favorite actors so anything he’s in has my attention.

    Still, the Bale film I’m most anticipating this year is American Hustle. That’s got one hell of a cast.

    • Crazy Heart is worth the view.

    • I’ll second Jason on Crazy Heart.
      Bridges was quietly sensational.

  2. poor bale…Newsies, Dark Knight Trilogy, American Psycho, Equilibrium, The Fighter, now this…will one of his characters ever not be let down by the police?

    • lmao

    • Hats a really funny point

    • LMAO…Also

  3. Great trailer. Bale + Casey Affleck + Woody Harrelson + my favorite band = INSTANT WIN. Glad to see Bale back.

    • LOL! Someone actually likes Pearl Jam?!

      • Whoa whoa whoa. Calm down there, buddy. You can make fun of a lot of things to my face (avatar), but don’t you dare mess with my Pearl Jam.

  4. Batman! Gamora! Green Goblin! Defendor! Ghost Dog! This gonna be one hell of a ride!!

  5. Amazing cast! Bale’s enough to get me to the theater, but it looks like we’ll see some genuine acting from the likes of Sam Shepherd, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker too. Can’t recall Harrelson coming across as such a force to be reckoned with either.

    • Harrelson jumped out at me too here.
      He upped his game playing with this cast.

  6. Eventually every actor’s gonna have an Academy Award…. well, almost everyone.

  7. For JUSTICE!!!

  8. I’m not into revenge stories because I find them cliche at times this looks extremely interesting and well done to Mel really want to see it now.

  9. What a cast!! This is the Christian Bale I love, deep down and dirty, acting his chops off, will defo be checking this out!

  10. This movie kind of reminds me of Walking Tall, even though its completely different.

  11. As a massive superhero fan I do appreciate movies that are down to earth dramas. The superhero stuff can be a little exhausting.

  12. “So that’s what that feels like….” :p

  13. that actually looks really good. will have to check it out when it comes

  14. Now thats a good trailer right there